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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.


Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

A few modern ufologists mention that in Koln, Germany, in 1912, in the afternoon, the young Ernest Dickhoff was alone in his bedroom when he felt a strong urge to look behind him.

Allegedly, he then saw two strange beings, sitting on his bed. This appeared to be man-like, but seemed to be naked. After a short duration the beings suddenly vanished in plain sight.

This all sounds very much like a typical case of hypnagogic hallucination. But what the sources do not tell is that "Ernest Dickhoff" is actually Robert Ernst Dickhoff, a crackpot occultist and writer whose numerous claims largely tops those of most of the so-called "contactees".

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001140
Date of event: 1912
Earliest report of event: 1950's? 1970's?
Delay of report: Decades.
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology catalogue UFOCAT.
First certain record by: Ufologist message on web mailing list.
First alleged record type: Ufology catalogue.
First certain record type: Ufologist message on web mailing list.
This file created on: February 22, 2013
This file last updated on: March 6, 2013
Country of event: Germany
State/Department: Nordrhein-Westfalen
Type of location: In bedroom.
Lighting conditions: Not reported. Inside room, afternoon.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 8
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: None, naked.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Like men but naked.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Sit on the bed, disappear.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Contactee-type tall tale or hypnagogic hallucination episode.
Explanation certainty: High.


[Ref. ia1:] JAN ALDRICH:

The ufologist listed a CE3 case dated 1912, located in "Cologne", Germany, with the name "Dickoff" as witness name, and UFOCAT indicated as the source.


Albert Rosales indicates that in Cologne, Germany, in 1912, in the afternoon, the young witness, Ernest Dickhoff was alone in his bedroom when he felt a strong urge to look behind him. He then saw two strange beings, sitting on his bed. This appeared to be man-like, but seemed to be naked. After a short duration the beings suddenly vanished in plain sight.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Denys Breysse, Project Becassine.

He comments that if "Must be one of the earliest 'bedroom visitation' cases on record. Is unfortunate that a more detailed description of the entities is not available."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that in 1912 in the afternoon in Cologne (Koln), Germany, there was a "Close encounter with an unidentified craft and its occupants. An unidentifiable object and its occupants were observed at close range (Dickoff)."

The sources are indicated as Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports.


1912 - Afternoon


Robert Dickhoff (8) was in his room when he suddenly noticed two beings 1.05m tall, with human features, sitting on his bed. They faded out as he looked.

Dickhoff in UFO Analysis and Research Bulletin 1, 5 p17)

Points to consider:

Robert Ernst Dickhoff, (February 6, 1904 – July 27, 1991), aka "Sungma Red Lama, the messenger of Buddha" is actually an occult and Buddhism enthusiast writer, founder of the "American Buddhist Society and Fellowship, Inc.", and also a "contactee", someone who claimed to have been contacted by space people.

He was, in 1947, the author of "The Eternal Fountain: A Kaleidoscope of Divine Inspired Thought Sparks", a book on so-called eastern spirituality. But then he wrote several UFO books, "Homecoming of the Martians", "Agharta: The Subterranean World", and "An Encyclopedia of Flying Saucers".

In "Agharta: The Subterranean World", published by Bruce Humphries, Boston, USA, in 1951; he claimed that 2.5 million years ago Martians landed in Antarctica, then a tropical region, and created the first humans. Then "reptoids" and evil "Venusians Garudas" attacked, forcing the Martians and humans to create two huge underground cities, connected by long tunnels in order to protect themselves. He claimed one of these cities was Shambhala, under Tibet, and the other Agharta, under China’s Tzangpo Valley. Eventually, the Venusians conquered Agharta, then on 1948 the Martian and human alliance reclaimed the city and slew its ruler, the King of the World, and many of his troops. Of course "Lemuria" and "Atlantis" are also part of the picture.

He also claimed that in the modern era, there is a "Brain-God", served an army of robots, whom with the assistance of evil scientists abduct people to space where they feed the "Brain-God" with their blood.

In short, Robert Ernst Dickhoff is an obscure yet striking crackpot precursor of both George Adamski and Richard Shaver, not an ordinary, solid witness of a CE3.

Any yet, even crackpots can experience real phenomena, such as an hypnagogic hallucination episode, another possible explanation of the story.

How and why hypnagogic hallucinations occur can be discovered by reading these references:

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe February 22, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and not known. Help needed. Opened.


Contactee-type tall tale or hypnagogic hallucination episode.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:


Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 22, 2013 Creation, [ia1], [ar1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 22, 2013 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross March 6, 2013 Addition [pr1].

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